See Fighting Words in action
Visiting the main centre in Dublin will give you
a valuable insight into the culture and ethos of
Fighting Words. You’ll get to see how it works,
both from the administrative side and the
creative side and meet some of the people
involved. Once you see it in action you’ll have
a much clearer idea of how it could work in
your local community. You’ll also get to see
first-hand the magic of unleashing creative
Fighting Words HQ runs sessions every
weekday and at weekends so to arrange a
visit at a time that suits, you can email
The address of HQ is Behan Square, Russell
Street, Dublin 1.
If you can’t make it to Dublin, we would love
to meet you via Skype / Google Hangout, get
in touch and we’ll arrange a meeting!
Talk to relevant people in your local community
Once you’ve met us, seen Fighting Words in
action and you’re ready to get started you
should start talking to the people in your local
community who can help you make it happen.
This will include:
Local writers, artists and creative people
– they can help you in delivering the
workshops and building awareness.
Local schools, youth groups, parents and
teachers – it’ll be important to speak to
parents and teachers early in the
planning process to see if demand is
there for Fighting Words workshops.
Briefing these people on what Fighting Words
is and why you think it’s a great idea will be a
good way to get them excited about the idea
but also for you to gauge local interest. Their
support will be vital!
Showing this video and sharing the
background, impact and some of the great
Fighting Words publications will help you to
communicate why Fighting Words is a great
Remember that not everyone has to be on
board at the beginning but it’s best to ensure
that demand exists and that there is local
interest when getting started as this will make
it easier in the long run!
Once you have interest from local teachers /
parents or youth-groups, it’ll be time to begin
the training process.
Key to the success of Fighting Words has
been the consistently high quality of its
programmes and volunteers. Top quality
training is therefore very important!
Fighting Words HQ will provide you with this
training particularly focused on delivering the
workshops in your local community.
This will be a mix of online and in-person
training and will provide you with all the
resources, knowledge and tools you need to
deliver your first workshop.
Find a suitable venue
Finding a suitable venue will be really
important. You’ll need somewhere
comfortable and creative with flexible capacity
for the group you’d like to cater for. Some
places where a Fighting Words workshop
could work really well are:
A local library
An art gallery / museum
A community centre / hall
A local college / art-school
There are no strict rules but finding a place
that has a creative, open and relaxed
atmosphere will set the right tone for your
workshop. It’s crucial that you find a venue at
little or no cost so that you can provide the
workshop to local children for free. When
asking for the use of the venue, remember to
ask on behalf of the kids who will get the
enjoyment and benefit from the Fighting
Recruit some volunteers
Once you’ve completed your training and you
have a venue you’ll need a small team of
volunteers to help you deliver the workshops.
The number of volunteers will depend on the
number of kids in your workshops as well as
the frequency of workshops.
Fighting Words HQ will provide you with
some guidance on recruiting and training
What kind of people volunteer at Fighting
People from all walks of life - including
professional writers, aspiring writers,
teachers, student teachers, retired teachers,
journalists, visual artists, musicians and
filmmakers - just to name a few.
What skills do volunteers need?
Anyone who enjoys working in a creative
environment and is a good listener is a
What kind of commitment is needed?
This will depend on the number and
frequency of workshops provided.
Is training provided?
Yes, training will be provided by Fighting Words HQ